New 3DS XL to pile on the pounds

When Nintendo revamped the DS for the first time we received a smaller model. This isn’t going to be the case with the 3DS though – next month will see the release of the super-sized 3DS XL.

The screen is 90% bigger, clocking in at 4.88 inches, and the battery has also received a boost. It’s now estimated to last between 3.5 and 6.5 hours for 3DS games and 6 to 10 hours for DS titles.

It’ll also come with a larger SD card – 4GB compared to the standard 2GB. However, it won’t be sold with an AC adaptor. You’ll either have to use an older DS adaptor or buy one separately.

Predictably, it’s heavier than the original 3DS, weighing 336 grams compared to the 3DS’s 235 grams.

It’ll launch in three colours when it arrives on 28th July – red, blue and silver.

Three new titles will also launch alongside it – Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, TheatRhythm Final Fantasy and New Art Academy.

We can’t help but to think that this would have have been the ideal time to release the long awaited Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle in Europe, which was in fact a Japanese launch title.

During the Nintendo Direct conference in which the 3DS XL was announced, it was also confirmed that Animal Crossing 3D and Fire Emblem: Awakening won’t be arriving in Europe until the first half of 2013.

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